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Joshua Bolten


Joshua Bolten

Joshua Bolten
22nd White House Chief of Staff
In office
April 14, 2006 – January 20, 2009
President George W. Bush
Deputy Joe Hagin
Blake Gottesman
Karl Rove
Joel Kaplan
Preceded by Andrew Card
Succeeded by Rahm Emanuel
Director of the Office of Management and Budget
In office
June 6, 2003 – April 14, 2006
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Mitch Daniels
Succeeded by Rob Portman
White House Deputy Chief of Staff
In office
January 20, 2001 – June 6, 2003
Served with Joe Hagin
President George W. Bush
Preceded by Maria Echaveste
Succeeded by Harriet Miers
Personal details
Born Joshua Brewster Bolten
(1954-08-16) August 16, 1954
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Ann Kelly (m. 2015)
Alma mater Princeton University
Stanford Law School
Religion Jewish[1][2][3]

Joshua Brewster Bolten (born August 16, 1954) served as the Republican Bolten replaced Andrew Card on April 14, 2006.[4]


  • Early life 1
  • Professional life 2
  • Citation for contempt 3
  • Post-government career 4
  • Personal life 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Bolten was born to a

Political offices
Preceded by
Mitch Daniels
Director of the Office of Management and Budget
Served under: George W. Bush

Succeeded by
Rob Portman
Preceded by
Andrew Card
White House Chief of Staff
Served under: George W. Bush

April 14, 2006–January 20, 2009
Succeeded by
Rahm Emanuel
  • Joshua Bolten's political donations at
  • Biography in Stanford Law School magazine
  • Who2 profile of Bolten
  • Friends discuss Bolten's college experience at
  • Yale Daily News: Bolten's Former Yale Colleagues Discuss the New Bush Tap by Andrew Mangino and Maggie Reid
  • Federal Court Opinion (House of Representatives v Harriet Miers) ordering Joshua Bolten to produce documents
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
    • interview with Bolten, May 22, 2005Q&AC-SPAN

External links

  1. ^ a b 
  2. ^ a b Berger, Matthew (March 31, 2006). "New chief of staff has strong Jewish identity". Jewish News Weekly of Northern California. Archived from the original on February 9, 2010. Retrieved March 14, 2007. 
  3. ^ Copeland, Libby. "The Sideman". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ Tablet Magazine: "Talking to W’s Chief of Staff - At the GOP convention, Josh Bolten reminisces about introducing President Bush to shmurah matzo" By Yair Rosenberg August 30, 2012
  6. ^
  7. ^ Birnbaum, Jeff (Summer 2004). Stanford Lawyer 
  8. ^ Cai, Angela (March 29, 2006). "Bush names Bolten '76 chief of staff". Daily Princetonian Publishing Company, Inc. Archived from the original on February 10, 2009. Retrieved July 6, 2008. 
  9. ^ "Joshua Bolten, White House Chief of Staff". Archived from the original on May 28, 2010. 
  10. ^ Gleckman, Howard (30 May 2006). "Paulson to the Rescue?".  
  11. ^ Baker, Peter (June 17, 2006). "White House Personnel Changes Complete". Washington Post. 
  12. ^ Original Text of the Subpoena, U.S. House Judiciary Committee,
  13. ^ Perine, Keith (June 28, 2007). "Bush, Congress in Legal Limbo Over Privilege".  
  14. ^ Stout, David (July 25, 2007). "Panel Holds Two Bush Aides in Contempt".  
  15. ^ Shenon, Philip (February 15, 2008). "House Votes to Issue Contempt Citations". The New York Times. Retrieved April 3, 2010. 
  16. ^ Princeton University (2009). Former Bush chief of staff Bolten to join Wilson School faculty. Retrieved July 8, 2009.
  17. ^ "Bolten '76, Frist '74 appointed to serve on Clinton Bush Haiti Fund's Board of Directors" by Daily Princetonian Staff, March 22, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-30.
  18. ^ "White House's Bolten shows "Born to be Wild" side". The Scotsman (Edinburgh).  
  19. ^


Joshua Bolten plays bass guitar in a band called the Compassionates and enjoys riding his Harley Davidson Fatboy motorcycle.[18] In 2015, Bolten married Ann Kelly.[19]

Personal life

Bolten became the John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs & Co. Visiting Professor at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School in September 2009, teaching classes on the federal budget and international trade and financial regulation.[16] In March 2010, Bolten was appointed a member of the board and co-chair of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, which has raised $36 million to date for immediate earthquake relief and long-term recovery efforts in the Caribbean country.[17]

Post-government career

On June 13, 2007, the House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena to Bolten for documents related to the dismissal of U.S. attorneys.[12] The subpoena had a deadline of June 28.[13] On Wednesday, July 25, 2007, the House Judiciary Committee voted 22-17 to cite Bolten for contempt of Congress for his failure to produce the documents in response to its subpoena.[14] On February 14, 2008, the House of Representatives voted to cite him for contempt by a vote of 223-32. Many Republicans walked out of the chamber in protest, deriding the priorities of the speaker in calling the vote, as opposed to a vote on a surveillance bill.[15]

Citation for contempt

Bolten was named as White House Chief of Staff to smooth relations with the United States Congress, and to reinvigorate the West Wing staff. He is credited with having assisted the President in recruiting Henry Paulson - the CEO of Goldman Sachs - to serve as Treasury Secretary, based on his former employment at the firm.[10] In addition, he recruited Tony Snow to work as White House Press Secretary, offered Rob Portman the opportunity to succeed him as OMB Director, and brought his OMB deputy Joel Kaplan into the White House as Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy.[11]

He was general counsel to the Jewish person appointed as White House Chief of Staff (Ken Duberstein, who held that post during the Reagan Administration, was the first, and Rahm Emanuel, who held the post in the Obama administration, was the third).[1][2]

Formerly the Director of Goldman Sachs in London from 1994 to 1999.[9]

Professional life

Bolten is sworn in as White House Chief of Staff by his Deputy Joe Hagin; his predecessor Andrew Card looks on.

Bolten attended Princeton University, where he studied in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and served as class president and president of The Ivy Club.[8] He graduated in 1976. He graduated with a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1980 and served as an editor of the law review.

, and served on the school's board until 2007. St. Albans School He graduated from [7]

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